Player ratings for the latest Madden game have been trickling out the past few days, and some of the ratings for our beloved Philadelphia Eagles seem a bit off.
So far, only offensive player ratings have been released, so it remains to be seen how the defense was rated. But there are plenty of Eagles on the offensive side of the ball who deserve either a higher or (sadly) lower rating.
Michael Vick (PR - 89)
I'm sure a lot of you will say that Vick is either undervalued or appropriately rated at a respectable 89, but I feel he deserves to be closer to the mid 80s range based off of last year's performance.
First and arguably foremost, he is perhaps the greatest injury risk in the game. If Madden were like the actual NFL, Vick would be getting dinged up and missing series/games left and right. That alone should devalue his ranking.
Then, there is the fact that he makes too many costly mistakes.
Vick is unquestionably a talented player, but I just don't feel comfortable with him being given that high of a rating.
Clay Harbor (PR - 71)
Clay Harbor isn't a household name and isn't necessarily going to set the world on fire, but this preseason has shown that he is a quality pass-catching tight end.
One could make the argument that he is a more natural receiver than starter Brent Celek, who is a jack-of-all-trades.
Where should Michael Vick be rated?
Based purely on talent and not on opportunity for playing time, I would put Harbor closer to the 80 mark. Some may think that that is a tad high, but he has shown me enough to warrant such a rating.
Dion Lewis (PR - 72)
Aside from a minor incident with the law, Dion Lewis has simply been on fire this preseason.
If LeSean McCoy were ever to go down, Lewis would be a more-than-capable running back (assuming he is paired with a slightly bigger back like Bryce Brown).
He has shown plenty of shiftiness and burst, while being decisive in his running and taking at least what is given to him. He is a young, explosive player with quite a bit of upside, which makes his 72 rating a tad low.
Again, I would put him near the 80 mark based on talent. Perhaps the only reason he is rated so low is because of the limited opportunities he gets behind McCoy.
Jeremy Maclin/DeSean Jackson (PR - 86)
It is very fitting that both of the Eagles' starting wide receivers were given the same rating, as both make roughly equal contributions—albeit in different manners.
Maclin is the do-it-all receiver who will continue to emerge as a reliable option and hopefully transform into the team's unquestioned No. 1 receiver. Jackson, on the other hand, is a speed demon and downfield threat.
While both are talented, it is hard to give either a rating above 90 without more consistency. Hopefully by season's end, the two will be more deserving of a higher rating.
LeSean McCoy (PR - 95)
A top five talent at his position, LeSean McCoy is more than deserving of this lofting rating. He falls in line as the fourth highest-rated running back and is the Eagles' most lethal offensive option (sorry Vick).
It may be hard to imagine, but another solid year could see McCoy working his way into the No. 1 running back slot in the next Madden.